Eastern Suburbs

Motivated Voters, Fewer Polling Locations, Drive Heavy Turnout in East Syracuse

DEWITT, NY. (DiA) – Poll workers at the East Syracuse Fire Station said they have had a busy Election Day even without statewide and national offices on the ballot.

“I seem to sense a greater activity in the number of voters than I did in previous years,” said George Anderson III, a poll worker stationed near the front of the firehouse. “I sat as a worker a few years ago for a primary election. We had a full staff, and we had four voters for one whole day.”

Over 200 voters had entered the East Syracuse location by 2:40 p.m., according to Anderson. Site manager George Kramer explained that some of the uptick might be due to fewer polling locations than in years past. Now voters from six election districts are filling out ballots at the fire station.

“Two sites were at the Park Hill School, and that’s undergoing renovation, so they moved them over here,” said Kramer, who added those those two districts will again vote at Park Hill once the construction is complete.

Ashley Thomas, though, thinks voters are indeed more motivated this year.

“I think people are fed up,” Thomas said. “They are opening their eyes and see that things are not right they want to make sure they do what they can. … Go vote no matter what if you are able it’s very important.”